Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Our household has been lacking a good music solution in the living room for a long time, 3 years in fact. My wife and I have both wanted radio and CD player , but I also wanted iPod input, mp3 capability, etc. I've owned several Yamaha receivers over the years, and have a pair of Klipsch 4.1 speakers, but didn't want a big cumbersome setup and have to buy a separate CD player. I liked the look of many petite bookshelf systems in retail stores, but didn't want the crappy sound with no option to use the Klipsch. Also, we don't keep the TV in the LR, so Sorround, THX, DTS, HDMI inputs and so on were not needed. This year I finally went looking for the ideal solution, and this is it. We are loving it. And it's small, small, small. I love the form factor, the simplicity. Thumb drive in the front is the coolest. No more burning discs. Also love the ability to record to digital file on the thumb drive from any input source, including the radio. It's sounds great at all volumes. Probably not as powerful as most audiophiles would prefer. But we're enjoying it very much. Keep in mind, my family had a Bose shelf system going back to the year they came out (early 90s?), and I also selected a Boston Acoustics shelf system for my mom recently. They are both nice, but not what I wanted. This is much better. You can spread the sound with floor standing speakers and not have that kind of synthetic bass from a small port.